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|Martha R Potter|
I grew up on an Eastern Montana cattle ranch and farm. Lambert, Montana was the small, rural town where I graduated from high school. After high school I went on to college and earned my Associate of Arts degree in Human Services and my Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education. Later in my career I received a Master’s degree of Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
After graduating from college I married and started my life-long career in education. My career consists of being an elementary school teacher for twenty years, a superintendent of schools for ten years, and a principal for the past two years.
My husband and I have six grown children. Two of the children live in Montana, three live in Utah, and one lives in Ohio. We also have three grandchildren and one on the way.
Spending time exploring New England is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy the brooks, streams, and foliage. My family time is always a special part of my life. Reading books pertaining to education and the brain I find relaxing.
I am excited to be working with the children, parents, and citizen’s of Springfield. Throughout my career I continue to hold onto two beliefs that I know are true—Education creates our futures and our most valuable resources are our children!
Union Street School expects all students to be:
Responsible, Safe, and Respectful.
Each classroom teacher has classroom expectations aligned to the needs of their teaching style and students.
What are Student Planners?
A Student Planner is an organization tool in the form of a spiral notebook for home to school communication between all parties involved in the education of your child. These parties are the child, teacher, and parent. All students attending Union Street Elementary School will have a Student Planner.
This planner is to be filled out by the student in the areas where students write down assignments, vocabulary words, etc. The teacher will display and provide the information that is to be written into the planner by your child daily. Parents are to review the information and guide the child on completing the homework. Parents are to sign off that the homework is complete. Students then return the planner each day to the classroom teacher.
What is homework?
Homework is an extension of the regular school program. The goals of homework are to assist students in developing good study habits, to complete classroom assignments for the next day, drill and practice, reinforcement of skills/concepts, and enrichment activities. It provides parents with activities and materials that help them assist their child and view their progress at home.
Generally, third graders are to do 30 minutes, fourth graders do 40 minutes, and fifth graders do 50 minutes each day, Monday through Thursday. This is in addition to their independent reading.
If it takes more than the expected amount of time, contact the teacher to discuss problems or concerns with the assignment.